(NOTE: If you look closely, you'll see I decided to take a picture after I had already sewn the bottom (before cutting off) !
I'm constantly looking for "containers" to make gift baskets out of, clothing and linens - not for the clothing sake, but for what fabrics I can find, and embelishments I can scavenge off of them. My favorite "gift basket" containers are boxy-type purses. You know the vintage kind you never see a lady sporting these days? They're the best! LOL
Anyway, The straps on this jumper just made me think of a tote bag so, I bought it for $1.69 and started to work on it. Not much had to be done though, so it's a super-easy, and super-quick craftiness!
First I decided where I wanted the bottom to end, ironed a crease in it and cut the excess off (to be used in another project I'm sure - maybe a cosmetic case or something)
Did you notice I sewed it "right sides out" instead of right's sides in? Since I decided I didn't want to line it, I decided on "French seams".
Cut off the bottom. I gave myself a 1/4 inch seam
ok, now for the "French" part (???)
I'm sure I won't do a good job explaining a French seam, so you have my permission to Google it but basically the gist is ....
After you've sewn that line (with right sides out) and cut off the bottom, you want to turn the bag insided out and sew another bottom seam (making sure to catch the rough ends up in it). Now you don't see any fuzzy ends, it all looks "finished". See, I told you I would explain it very well. So, go ahead, google it. There are all sorts of instructions out there for doing French seams.
So, that's my jumper/dress turned Tote Bag!